Tag Archive: Free speech

Dec 19 2013

You don’t believe unless

A philosophical aphorism seen on Twitter… You don’t believe in freedom of speech unless you believe in freedom for speech that you consider ugly, offensive, deplorable, dangerous… What? The first three adjectives are standard fare, and reasonable, and so on. But the last one? That’s a whole different category, and it’s far from obviously true. …

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Oct 12 2012

Not simple

Update: this probably needs a trigger warning. It is indeed very upsetting. Speaking of girls, and bullying, and sexualization, and bullying, and name-calling, and bullying… A girl in Coquitlam, BC, couldn’t wait for it to get better, and killed herself on Wednesday. She left a video telling the story.

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Oct 11 2012

Doin it rong

A guy from Greater Manchester, Barry Thew, wore a horrible T shirt right after two police constables, Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes, were killed. The T shirt said “one less pig perfect justice.” Nasty. He was sentenced to four months in jail today. He “admitted a public order offence.” A police spokesman said Thew, of Worsley Street, …

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Sep 14 2012

He will be sentenced later

No no no; doing it wrong. A Yorkshire teenager has been found guilty of “posting an offensive Facebook message.” Posting an offensive Facebook message is a crime? Azhar Ahmed, 19, of Ravensthorpe, West Yorkshire, was charged with sending a grossly offensive communication. Waaaaait a second – posting a message on Facebook isn’t “sending” it. It’s …

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Aug 18 2012

“Satan’s representative” on the Michigan Student Assembly

More detail on the Andrew Shirvell case, because CNN has more. Shirvell was fired from his job in the attorney general’s office in 2010 after targeting the student leader online and in person — then lying about his actions to investigators, state Attorney General Mike Cox said at the time. Shirvell “repeatedly violated office policies, …

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Jun 06 2012

Insulting Islamic values in Twitter messages

Another entry in the annals of Persecuting and Prosecuting People For Having an Opinion That Reactonaries Dislike. A court here on Friday charged Fazil Say, a classical and jazz pianist with an international career, with insulting Islamic values in Twitter messages, the latest in a series of legal actions against Turkish artists, writers and intellectuals for …

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Mar 29 2012

Measuring the distance

Another free speech issue, a tricky one. France has barred a group of Muslim clerics, including one of the most prominent voices in Sunni Islam, from entering the country to attend a conference. France’s foreign ministry said Thursday the clerics were invited by the French Islamic Union to speak at a congress in Le Bourget …

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Mar 24 2012

A bargain

It can seem strange how entirely alien the whole idea of free discussion can seem to people who (I suppose) have never had any experience of it. A Bangladesh court on Wednesday ordered authorities to shut down five Facebook pages and a website for blaspheming the Prophet Mohammed, the Koran and other religious subjects, a …

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Mar 07 2012

Atheists v Hasids

American Atheists were going to give the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn a very nice atheist billboard. Dave Silverman says they get emails from atheists there who feel very alone; AA wanted to let them know they’re not alone.  

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Feb 16 2012

Nick Cohen on a culture that pretends to be brave

At the Rally for Free Expression.

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